DATES OF CREATION:
30 cm of textual records, 5 cartographic records, 2 artifacts
ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
William Trueman (1720-1797), a farmer and joiner of Hawnby
in Bilsdale, Yorkshire, with his wife Ann (1713-1800) and
son William ([1752?]-1826), emigrated to Canada in 1775.
They probably sailed on the emigrant ship "Jennie," arriving
in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From there they travelled by schooner
to Fort Cumberland and settled about 4 miles from the Fort
at Point de Bute, Nova Scotia [New Brunswick after 1784],
then called Prospect. Point de Bute is in the Parish of Westmorland,
Westmorland County. In 1777 he bought 134 acres of land from
Joshua Mauger, and then in 1789 purchased from Thomas Scurr
the 800 acre "Prospect Farm" at Point de Bute.
William Trueman II married Elizabeth Keillor, daughter of
Thomas and Mary (Thompson) Keillor of Point de Bute. They
had ten children, including William III (1780-1826) who married
Jane Ripley, and Thompson (1801-1845) who married Mary Freeze.
Thompson Trueman was a Surveyor of Highways and a Trustee
of Schools for the Parish of Westmorland. Most Trueman family
members were farmers and built their homes near "Prospect,"
while others settled in other parts of Westmorland County,
New Brunswick, and Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. Thompson
and Mary Trueman had 7 children including William Albert
(1826-1901) who lived and died at "Prospect Farm,"
and Howard Thompson (1837-1908) who married (1st) Agnes Johnstone
and (2nd) Mary J. Main.
Methodism came to the Cumberland area, Nova Scotia [which then also encompassed New Brunswick], with the arrival of the Yorkshire immigrants in 1772, 1774 and 1775. William Trueman, along with other Yorkshire men such as Charles Dixon, William Wells, and brothers John and William Fawcett, became very active in the formation and maintenance of the Methodist societies. This devotion to Methodism continued in succeeding generations of the Trueman family.
There is no record of the provenance of the fonds, but it was probably donated to Mount Allison University in the first decade of the 20th-century. After the erection of the Memorial Library in 1927 the fonds was stored in the Library vault. During that time several account books and notebooks received support covers, while the other items were glued into large scrapbooks. When the Archives was opened in the new Ralph Pickard Bell Library (1970) the fonds was transferred there. For some unknown reason only one scrapbook arrived at that time. In 1979 the second scrapbook was located.
SCOPE AND CONTENTS:
Fonds consists of records of the Point de Bute Methodist Circuit; school records for the Parish of Westmorland; and Trueman family diaries, account books, day books, notebooks, letters, deeds, agreements, surveys, and numerous receipts, promisory notes, and invoices.
SOURCE OF TITLE:
Title based on content of fonds.
Inventory available at repository
IMMEDIATE SOURCE OF ACQUISITION:
LOCATION OF ORIGINALS:
Mount Allison University Archives
Microfilm copy available at repository. Thompson Trueman exercise book 1813 and Trueman family photographs, biographical notes, may be found in Wood family fonds, Accession 8914. Trueman family biographical sketches, letters, obituaries may be found in the Webster Manuscript Collection, Accession 7001.
Howard Trueman The Chignecto Isthmus and its first settlers Toronto, Wm. Briggs, 1902 is located in the Bell Collection, Mount Allison University Ralph Pickard Bell Library.
ALL OTHER NOTES:
Mount Allison University Archives
RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS, USE AND REPRODUCTION:
Open for research purposes. Copying and/or publication permitted
only with written permission of the Mount Allison University